Author: Gary McKenzie

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A horse you could bank on

Horseracing is a glorious spectacle. The sight of these equine athletes thundering over the turf is breath taking. They strain muscle and sinew to be at the front of the herd. And sometimes they literally...

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Living by numbers

Trempolino won the 1987 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe ahead of Reference Point, Mtoto, Triptych, and subsequent Arc victor Tony Bin. Hawk Wing won a Lockinge by eleven lengths. Mark Of Esteem and Celtic...

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Not what was expected

Last weeks Irish Derby has been a subject of much debate. Aiden O’Brien had the 1-2-3, but the winner was not the one expected by many. Sovereign won the race by six lengths and...

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King Aiden the Seventh

What a performance. Seven successes in the greatest flat race in the world. An unbelievable effort. But that is enough about me. To be fair Mr O’Brien’s seven winners have come over the course...

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Troll off

Social media has been here for a while and it is not going away. I love it, mostly. There are bad jokes and old music clips as well as memories of sporting legends which...

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The right side of the road?

Magna Grecia won the 2000 Guineas. He was, probably, the best horse on the day but some will question the result due to two of the first three finishers running on one side of...

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Ruby was a real diamond

Rupert “Ruby” Walsh, one of, the best  jockeys of the last twenty years, jumped off Kemboy after riding him to victory in the Punchestown Gold Cup and announced his immediate retirement from race riding....

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Twice in a lifetime

I was only a kid when Red Rum won back to back Grand Nationals. And over the years horses as good as West Tip, Corbiere, and Hedgehunter have tried, and failed, to double up....

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Justice prevails

It does take me a while to completely clear my head of Cheltenham matters and were it not for the Grand National meeting, I could still be thinking about Prestbury Park well into May....